Ruger American Line Adds Varmint Rifles

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The Ruger American line, which has already won the 2013 American Rifleman “Rifle of the Year” award, has now launched a varmint series of rifles.  Having shot my share of Ruger American rifles, I can say that for a rifle is that is sub-$500, they are very well made and very accurate.  Being 100% American made is also a huge plus.

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Adding new varmint calibers (223 Rem, .204 Ruger, .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win), a heavier threaded barrel and factory installed once piece picatinny scope rail should help to further the already top notch line of rifles.

A PDF of the features and specs/part numbers can be found here.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces an all-new Predator version of the Ruger American Rifle® – the 100% American-made rifle that set a new standard of excellence among full-featured, bolt-action rifles.  The Ruger American Rifle® Predator model includes all the features of the original Ruger American Rifle®, plus a moss green stock, a heavier tapered, threaded barrel and a factory installed one-piece aluminum scope rail.  It is available in six calibers – .223 Rem (featuring a 1:8 Twist), .204 Ruger, .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win.

“The Ruger American Rifle® is a proven performer, delivering outstanding accuracy right out of the box.  This new Predator model offers a slightly heavier barrel and other features that our Ruger customers requested,” said Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Killoy.

The 6-1/2 pound Ruger American Rifle® Predator model offers no-compromise engineering innovation, proving that a world-class rifle can still be affordable.  The Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger offers a crisp release with a pull weight that is user-adjustable between three and five pounds.  Ruger’s patented Power Bedding® system utilizes stainless-steel bedding blocks that are insert-molded into the stock to positively locate the receiver and free-float the barrel.

The Predator retains the Ruger American Rifle’s three-lug, 70° bolt that provides ample scope clearance.  The bolt also utilizes a full diameter body and dual cocking cams for smooth, easy cycling from the shoulder. The reliable four-round (five-round for .223 Rem. and .204 Ruger) rotary magazine fits flush with the stock and offers the smooth feed that has become the hallmark of Ruger® rotary magazines.

The threaded barrels (1/2-28 threads on .223 Rem, .204 Ruger and .22-250 Rem. models, and 5/8-24 on all other calibers) allow fitment of a variety of muzzle accessories, including sound suppressors. This makes the new Predator model an ideal choice in the thirty-two states that allow hunting with suppressors and in the many more states that allow suppressed target shooting.*

For more information on the new Ruger American Rifle® Predator model, or to learn more about the extensive line of award winning Ruger® firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the Ruger American Rifle® or other Ruger® firearms, visit ShopRuger.com.

* Prior to purchasing, please check your state and local regulations to verify that you may legally possess such firearms.

About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. The only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®, echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®



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  • 101nomad

    Love to have one of those in .308, although a .308 bolt action at 6.5 #, I might hit the barn once and call it a day. Sub $500? Might have one sooner than I think. Especially if I can find a sight that does not cost more than the rifle. (Forgive me Colt and all the clones, but I like a rifle that looks like one. My days and nights in the “jungle” are long gone). Choices are wonderful, make them while you still can.

    • Mike N.

      Yeah, for that kind of price I might pick up one in 6.5 Creedmoor, even though I already have a .260 and a 6.5x47L.

    • iksnilol

      If you like high magnification (4-14x) then the Primary Arms 4-14x seems like a good choice. Only thing about it is that it adjusts in mils and not MOA.

    • Smith

      I can assure you that it won’t be as bad as you think. Especially if you are shooting offhand, you can effectively redirect the recoil. I shoot a 5.5# .308 (awesome for high-altitude hunting) with no muzzlebrake, and it’s not a problem.

  • Mark N.

    You can get a Savage with a Nikon BDC scope for the same price, last I looked. And Savages are more accurate button rifled barrels, rather than hammer forged barrels used by Ruger.

    • Joe

      I just bought a savage in 6.5 creedmoor. Haven’t shot it yet. More aftermarket items for savage.

      • MAXIMUS

        If you didn’t know you can fire form 22-250 brass in your rifle to make 6.5 Creedmoor.

        • Joe

          Never heard that.

      • Schadavi

        And the savage accu-trigger is a lot better.
        I bought the hog hunter in 308, very good rifle for the price.

  • MAXIMUS

    RUGER USA is truly our friend now. I never would have thought, 10 or even 20 years ago I would have owned as many Ruger products as I do. Especially Lipsey’s custom Rugers. The 10 round mag statement Bill Ruger made “No honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun.” If true or not, was the most foolish thing an American producer of firearms could ever say. They NOW have turned into a go to company for me, for variations on their revolvers and bolt guns. I’m very glad they went into the AR market (let alone piston AR 5.56 and 7.62 NATO). To make this post relevant I have two Ruger American youth models in .308 and .223. I like short LOP and barreled bolts for hunting hogs. The .223 is a god sent with a 1in8 twist. Only other bolt I could get in that twist would be a Tikka or a custom job ( I know Rem and Savage >had<one) But for $300 something USD I bought the Ruger.
    One last thing, THANK YOU FOR THREADING BARRELS FROM THE FACTORY!!!!!!!
    Some human beings their at your company have their heads screwed on perfectly, KEEP ROCKING! And I will keep purchasing, and glad to give you guys a shout out!

    • MAXIMUS

      LOL not sure ^^^^^^^^^^^ about the end part there???? HTML IN TYPE???

  • Mark Horning

    6.5 Creedmore? They had me at 6.5. I was just about to settle for a .243 for my new coyote rifle, but the Creedmore will do ever so much more nicely. (6.5×55 Sweed would also have been an acceptable alternative). How much heavier is this version with the heavier barrel?